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    Hornets right the ship at Chagrin Falls

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    After starting the 2018-2019 season with 11 straight wins, Kirtland entered Tuesday’s non-conference game at Chagrin Falls having lost six of its last seven games.

    With a 53-44 win over the Tigers, Kirtland head coach Shawn McGregor hopes the Hornets are back on track with just one regular season game remaining and then a showdown with Beachwood in the sectional tournament.

    “Today’s game was huge for us in so many ways,” McGregor said. “We came together as a team and played one of our best games of the year.”

    The Hornets, who improved to 14-7 overall, saved their best for last as they scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to complete the win.

    Kirtland trailed at halftime, 26-23, but outscored the Tigers in the second half, 30-18.

    “We had zero turnovers in the second half and made our free throws,” McGregor said. “To have success in the tournament you have to have great guard play, take care of the ball, and defend. If we do those things I feel confident in our ability to compete.”

    The Hornets made 4-of-4 free throw tries in the second half and finished the game 7-for-11 from the line.

    Seann McGill led Kirtland with 13 points and Adam Mueller and Tommy Powers also scored in double figures with 10 points each. Domenic Capretta, Dawson Cosgrove and Zach Samsa each finished with six points.

    “We did a great job of pressuring the ball and making plays on the defensive end when we needed them the most,” McGregor said. “I thought our guards as a whole played a tremendous game.”

    Jack Amendola and Cole Weiss both scored nine points for the Tigers, who dropped to 10-11.

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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